For those visiting Birmingham from out of town, consider downloading the “IN Guide” app which features maps, lists of restaurants, attractions, hotels and other useful information for looking to get the most out of their time in the city.
More details and download link at: http://birminghamal.org/app/
Directions to UAB Hill Student Center (HSC):
From the North (Nashville): Take I-65 South to exit 259B (4th Avenue South). Take a right on 14th St, and continue four blocks to reach the Hill Student Center.
From the Northeast (Chattanooga/Birmingham Airport): Take I-59 South to exit 124A (I-65 South); exit I-65 at exit 259B (4th Avenue South). Take a right on to 14th street, and continue four blocks to the Hill Student Center.
From the East (Atlanta): Take I-20 West to exit 124A (I-65 South); exit I-65 at exit 259B (4th Avenue South). Turn right onto 14th Street, and continue 4 blocks to the Hill Student Center.
From the South (Mobile and Montgomery): Take I-65 North to exit 259 (University Blvd.) take University Boulevard four blocks, then turn left onto 14th Street. The Hill Student Center is immediately on the right.
From the Southwest (Jackson, Miss., Tuscaloosa): Take I-20 east to I-59 North. Take exit 124A (I-65 South); exit I-65 at exit 259B (4th Avenue South). Turn right on 14th street and continue four blocks to the Hill Student Center.
Double Tree Hotel is located on the corner of University and 20th Street, just four blocks away.
Parking, Taxis & Bikes
- UAB conference campus locations map
- Visitor/public parking is available next to the Hill Student Center (on the east side).
- There is no ticketing for metered spots after 5pm on weekdays or on the weekends. Parking arounf campus can be difficult during the school week.
- There is also ample metered street parking on all of the streets surrounding the areas where the sessions will take place. Many of these are 10 hour meters so you can park there all day.
- The closest paid parking garage to the Hill Center is the Children's Hospital parking deck on University Blvd and 16th St South, or the Health Department Parking deck on 14th St. South and 6th Ave South.
- If you prefer street parking for Thursday and Friday, go towards 11th Ave South and 12 Ave South onward/moving towards 15th St South and 14th St South onward. This will lead you to a residential area where there are no meters. You can park in most places that do not have a painted yellow curb, just be cautious not to block residential driveways. This area is about a 10 minute walk from the Hill Center. Birmingham does not use street sweepers so if you find a good spot, your car will be fine for the entirety of the conference.
- For Friday evening after 5pm and Saturday, there is usually an open parking lot at Glen Iris Elementary on the corner of 11th Ave South and 11th Place South. There are signs that say school parking only, but unless you see an obvious event happening at the school, your car will be fine in this area for the day. This lot is a 6 minute walk from the Hill Center.
- TAXIS: Birmingham does have Lyft and Uber services for most places around town as well as traditional taxis. Taxis in Birmingham are notoriously slow, so if you plan to take a taxi I recommend calling at least 30 minutes in advance.
- BIKES: The city also features ZIP bikes around most of downtown. You can purchase a day pass, or a weekly pass at the bike stand with your credit card. These bikes are a great way to get around! If you choose to rent a bike, be sure to look for bikes with a lightning bolt on the back tire cover (not all of them have this feature). The bikes with the lightning bolt have electric pedal assist which is makes riding a breeze on the often unexpected hills in Birmingham!
Places to Visit:
Birmingham boasts a booming community with a multitude of daytime and evening activities, ranging from family-friendly to 21+, so there’s bound to be something fun for everyone!
Red Mountain: Located in Homewood (approximately 15 minutes from UAB campus), this park’s current attractions include 15 miles of trails including two city overlooks, three tree houses, a 6-acre Remy’s Dog Park, and adventures like the Vulcan Materials Zip Trip, Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Tower, Kaul Adventure Tower & Mega Zip at the Kaul Tower. For more information: http://redmountainpark.org/
Railroad Park: Located downtown next to the new Regions baseball stadium on 1st Ave N, Railroad park is a marvel of urban design and engineering meant to provide Birmingham’s citizens with a safe, beautiful place to pursue a healthy lifestyle and hold community events (there’s typically a different one every day!). They even have a massive koi pond, and the waterfall lights up at night! Also, the Rainbow Tunnels of Birmingham are right down the street. For more information: http://railroadpark.org/
Ruffner Mountain: Located in East Lake, this nature preserve boasts an informational visitor’s center and zipline activities, as well as some incredibly breath-taking views. For more infomation: https://ruffnermountain.org
Eats and Drinks:
There are dozens of wonderful places to eat in Birmingham, but here are a few suggestions from locals who frequently dine out.
Black Market Bar and Grill: Fantastic burgers and signature cocktails, very casual atmosphere.
The J. Clyde: More upscale pub, caters to the local professional crowd over students. Good food, fantastic beer selection (one of the only places that carries Kopperburg Ales, highly recommended), and is about six blocks from the Double Tree.
Pies and Pints: Exactly as it sounds, pizza and beer! Located next to Railroad Park, this stop is quite popular with residents of all ages.
Saw’s Soul Kitchen: Craving BBQ? This place is definitely worth the trip to 41st Street South.
There is also a variety of other options closer to campus, such as Panera Bread or Full Moon located in the Student Center, Purple Onion and Al’s Deli just a street over, and numerous fast food locations around the downtown area.
Birmingham also boasts a proud local music scene, and there are several venues around the area that are constantly hosting shows.
Variation: Zydeco, Workplay, Metro Bistro and Market, The Nick, and The Garage Café.